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Reamping: what’s it all about?
The hope with this article is to shine a light on reamping, to eliminate any complicated aspects surrounding the process, and to highlight how easy it is to reamp using the Laney Ironheart IRT-SLS.
What is reamping?
The idea behind reamping is to record a dry instrument signal (can be guitar or bass) to your DAW or recording equipment of choice. The signal is then re-routed back into the amp, then the output signal of the amp is recorded.
Why use reamping?
Let’s use two scenarios.
You finished tracking and you’re mixing down. However, you’ve changed your mind, the guitar doesn’t sound quite beefy enough or doesn’t cut through the mix in the way you want. Tracking was a nightmare though and that solo was a pain to get down. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to do it again.
You finished tracking and you’re mixing down. However, you’re not happy with how the guitar sits in the mix. No worries! You recorded a dry signal alongside the guitar track, and you simply “reamp” that signal, monitor the amp output, tweak the amp settings as you go until it sounds as you wish. Hit record. Job done.
It’s worth noting that you can do this as many times as you like too (processor power permitting of course).
How do you do it?
The process of reamping can be a somewhat elaborate affair involving (in some cases): a DI box, a Re-amp box, two guitar cables, an XLR cable, and a TRS to XLR cable.
The DI box records your dry signal as a reference signal. To reamp your recording, your guitar track is output from your interface to the reamp box, which is fed into the effects pedal or guitar amp input. The output of the guitar amp is then recorded to another channel.
The benefit of this setup means that you can utilise outboard effects and your amp of choice and apply the same process to any number of amps and FX at your disposal.
Reamping made easy
Thanks to those boffins at Laney, we have a range of amp heads that makes the process of reamping so much simpler.
In this demo, the legend that is Tom Quayle guides us through how to reamp your guitar, which is quite frankly a masterclass in under 11 minutes.
If you’re embarking on a lengthy recording process, save yourself time and energy by getting into the process of reamping. Laney’s Ironheart and Nexus SLS amp heads are perfect both in the studio and on the stage, so do yourself a favour and check them out.
If you fancy digging deeper into the Laney Lionheart IRT-SLS and what it can do, then check out Tom’s EXTENSIVE review below.
As ever, if you need any help or advice then our Customer Service Team are more than happy to help over the phone on 01925 582420. Our in-store specialists will guide you through the wonderful world of guitar amps and effects, just pop into your nearest Dawsons store.
Jon is a multi-instrumentalist with a passion for inspiring others to get involved in making music. After spending many years playing venues here, there and – pretty much – everywhere, he joined the Dawsons’ Music Web Team before progressing into his current role managing the Dawsons Blog.